Erik Lamela is one of the hottest prospects in European football and someone Manchester United have been linked with as a long term replacement for Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs.
However, the agent of the 20-year-old has confirmed United have not made any form of contact in relation to his future, which means there are now three heavyweights that could spoil the party, if there really is growing interest in the player from Old Trafford.
Lamela is a player that Roberto Mancini has been scouting, but again, there has been nothing official on the cards as far as City are concerned.
They have the resources to pay any fee that Roma ask for but they are not in a position where they can offer him a similar amount of games to his current side; 21 Serie A appearances so far this season.
However, his age means he could grow into the Manchester City side as they hit one of their most successful patches in the next few years, which could make him indispensible to the club.
Similarly to Manchester City, this would be an investment for the Spanish giants and one they will see, that safeguards their current philosophy and style of football.
Lamela is very much a Barcelona sort of player. He’s small, skilful, agile and quick in the middle of the pitch, which are all attributes that would stop him from looking out of place at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona have looked off the pace compared to Real Madrid in recent weeks, despite their dominant league position, which means they could be willing to stump up a big fee.
Lamela may find it difficult to turn down the chance to Real Madrid if they come forward with an approach in the summer.
A move to Madrid guarantees Lamela a chance at winning every piece of silverware possible that Real Madrid can get their hands on. It’s also a move which could drastically improve his performance levels considering the calibre of players in the side.
The stumbling block to any Madrid approach is how much it may take them to force Gareth Bale away from Spurs. As that’s likely to be a whopping fee, they may not have the disposable income to use elsewhere.
Where do you think he’ll end up?